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After presenting a birthday gift to his father, Dimitri embarks on a flying adventure.
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Drawson (Mary Margaret's Tree, 1996) tells a bittersweet, imaginative tale of a boy's bedtime flight, which comes at tooth- brushing time at the end of a happy day--his father's birthday. Dimitri has baked a cake and presented his father with a new tie, and he has in return been tossed in the air, ``just like when I was a little kid.'' But such festivities take very little time, and the house by the ocean in which father and son live is large, full of unfilled space. This emptiness extends to the boy's heart and so he soars over the ocean and to Mars, where he saves a beautiful lady from a dragon before something pulls him back home. The telling line of his journey, its reason for occurring, comes when he asks the lady, ``Are you my mother?'' His question darkens the book and erases the lady's gentle smile in one remarkable painting, sending him tumbling homeward to the father who tucks him in. The flight has failed, and perhaps all such flights are doomed to fail, but Dimitri declares himself happy to be homea situation shared by many readers and one that is sufficiently full to be satisfying. (Picture book. 4-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-2?In this surreal, gently poignant fantasy, a child hints at profound loss in the course of a wild imaginary flight. Having presented his father with a tie and a homemade birthday cake, Dimitri goes to brush his teeth?and suddenly he's zooming out the window to frolic with whales, then flying off to Mars to rescue a beautiful lady from a dragon. When she gives him a kiss and a hug, he asks, "Are you my mother?" Just as suddenly as he took off, he's back home, being tucked in by his smiling father. The affection shared by parent and child is evident in Drawson's muted, Peter Sis-like paintings, and his Martian scenes display a lively imagination. The spiked, soot-spewing dragon is deliciously menacing, and young viewers will laugh at the Martians who look like seals on tricycles. Though the single parent here is not oblivious to his child's loneliness, this is otherwise comparable in general plot structure and tone to Anthony Browne's Gorilla (Knopf, 1985).?John Peters, New York Public Library
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Book Description Irwin Pub. Hardcover. Condition: Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0888990006I3N00
Book Description Irwin Pub, 1978. Condition: Good. First Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP93578576
Book Description Irwin Pub, 1978. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Good Pictorial Hardcover, Ex-library, Satisfaction Guaranteed, International Shipping, Photos available. Seller Inventory # SKU0228721
Book Description Groundwood Books, Toronto, 1978. Condition: NF. Light shelf. Unpaginated. Full page colour illustrations. For young readers. Exceptional dreamlike tale, unusual illustrations. Seller Inventory # 1035718
Book Description Groundwood Books Ltd., Toronto, Canada, 1978. Oversized Hardcover. Condition: Very Good-. Very good - oversized hardcover with no dustjacket. Previous owner's writing is on ffe page. Glossy cover. May be some rubbing or minor shelfwear but overall a nice clean tight copy. Book. Seller Inventory # EH7282
Book Description Groundwood Books Limited, Toronto, 1978. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good Condition. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Color Illustrations (illustrator). first edition. 32pp. Unpaginated. Content clean, bright and sound. No faualts. Seller Inventory # 002267
Book Description Irwin Pub, 1978. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. The Boards And Pages Are Clean With No Marks Or Highlighting. In Fine Condition. Signed Gift Inscription At The First End Paper. Signed For "Blair Dawson Sept 23 1978." Signed Gift Inscription At The Last Page By The Author.We can ship from the USA and Canada. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 030679
Book Description Irwin Pub, Toronto, Canada, 1978. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 0888990006 31 pages. A wonderful good-night book for young ones. While brushing his teeth before bed, Dimitri flys out the bathroom window in his bathrobe and visits some amazing places. Excellent colour illustrations throughout. Seller Inventory # 25306823